William J. Filo, 71

William J. Filo, 71 William “Bill” J. Filo found peace and eternal life Nov. 17, 2017, at the age of 71. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Merry (nee Matthews); very proud father of Tracey (Robert) LeGrand and Todd (LaShauna); and loving and playful “Papa” to Elizabeth, Emma and Portia LeGrand. He is also survived by his sister, Kathi (William) Seiler; LaShauna’s daughter, Lyric Chavez; sisters-in-law, Jane (Jeff) Domach and Carol Schaefer; and nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Amelia (nee David), and his brother, Gary Filo.

Bill was born in West Bend. He graduated with a BA in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After graduation, he worked for Oscar Mayer in Madison, and then moved on to a 30-year career at Rexford Paper Co. in Milwaukee, working his way up from a summer job to General Manager. He also sold long-term care insurance for G.E Corp. Retirement saw Bill greeting shoppers at Costco in Grafton. Customers will remember his friendly hellos and constant smiles.

Traveling was one of Bill and Merry’s greatest pleasures. His favorite trips included a safari to Kenya and Tanzania, and a visit to Normandy, France. Always a willing taster, he enjoyed sampling beer and wine in the countries they visited. Door County was also a yearly favorite excursion. An avid sports fan, Bill especially enjoyed the Packers, and was a season ticket holder to Badger games for many years. Watching the birds at his feeder, especially the cardinals, provided winter pastime. Hobbies included gardening, playing bridge and sheepshead, and golf, deer hunting and fishing in his younger years. Bill and Merry moved to Cedarburg in 1979, at which time they joined St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. He had a beautiful tenor voice and was a longtime member of the St. Francis Borgia choir. Bill will be remembered for his gentleness, engaging smile, mischievous eyes, and humorous remarks. His deep love for his family will live on, and he will be remembered by many as a gentlemen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church North, 1275 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. The Rev. Patrick Burns will preside. The family will receive visitors at the church Friday from 11 a.m. until time of services at 12:30 p.m. There will be a reception following Mass.

Memorials to the American Heart Association are suggested in lieu of flowers.

The Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.